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Third annual Coats for the Cold accepting donations in Jellico

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By Beth Braden

Barrels around Jellico will soon be filled with coats, hats, scarves and gloves to make winter a little warmer for area residents.

“No one should have to go cold in the winter time,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

Citizens are encouraged to donate their gently used coats and other winter gear at one of several locations in Jellico including Jellico City Hall, Union Bank, Jellico High School, and the Save A Lot grocery store.

“We are encouraging everyone to donate last year’s coat because there are so many people that don’t have the means to buy a new coat,” Stiers said.

After hours, items can be dropped off at the Jellico Police Department.

“We’ve been collecting all year long and kind of putting them back. It just seems like the need is greater every year,” Stiers said. Coats are cleaned as they are received.

Last year, 500 coats were distributed to children, teens and adults in need.

Donations will be accepted until Nov. 9 and distribution will be at Veteran’s Park on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Anyone who needs a coat is invited to attend.